The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) received sufficient pushback to propose reducing meaningful use requirements for patient engagement over the next few years, from five percent of patients to one single patient.
Throughout the healthcare sector, a major aspect of improving medical services and reforming the industry as a whole has been the pursuit of patient engagement. According to a study published in the Journal of Participatory Medicine, the term patient engagement seems to hold multiple definitions and understanding across various medical facilities.
Patient engagement strategies are key for healthcare providers who are looking to meet the latest objectives of the meaningful use requirements. While the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs focus mainly on patient portal adoption and usage, mobile health applications can play a vital role in engaging patients with their overall wellness and care.
A majority of health care providers use mobile devices for patient engagement, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, MobiHealthNews reports.
The impact of mobile technology on healthcare is happening in a number of ways. One way that could have the biggest effect of overall health is through patient engagement.